Pawn: The Blackcoat Rebellion (A Review)Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Have you noticed a change in my book selections this year? For past few years I've reveiwed mostly Christian books by Christian authors. I really enjoyed doing so. It was refreshing to read "clean" books with wholesome messages. The thing is that there are so many good books that are not "christian" that are being read and influencing people. I tend to find myself in volunteer groups full of teenagers and young adults, not to mention my own kids are growing quickly and the books they reach for are not what I was reviewing. As a result my focus has changed. I'm looking at popular books that gaining attention by young readers, the future...
That being said, this next book actually jumped out at me when I was scanning the popular fiction books earlier this year. The Blackcoat Rebellion seemed different from so many books in this young adult popular fiction fascination with dystopian America settings. In a nutshell, it was different that other books in this genre that I've read... different is both good and bad in this case...
Kitty decides she does not want this life but before she tries to escape she decides to wait just a few months in hiding until Benjy, her boyfriend gets assigned. She is certain Benjy will rank high, possibly even a IV. Her plans do not go as planned when she finds herself in a brothel being sold in order to earn enough money to live for those few months. Her debut bid opens up a chance at a different life - a life as a IIV. The ruling family is the only group of people with IIV's. Daxton Hart, the Prime Minister is the winning bid, and he proposes that Kitty leave with him and join the Hart family.
Of course Kitty follows as Daxton Hart is not the nicest person in the book, in fact he's far from it! He has another woman in the brothel killed simply for opening a door and seeing Kitty being escorted away with him... just a small hint at what this character is like throughout the book.
Kitty is then "Masked", which changes her whole appearance. She know looks exactly like Lila Hart, part of the ruling family. Kitty now lives the life of a IIV but she must learn how to play the part in order to convince society of her new role (they have no clue that the Hart's have placed someone new in the ruling system).
To top it all off Knox, Lila's fiancee, informs Kitty that before Lila "died", she was leading a rebellion, and now Kitty needs to learn how to live Lila's double life.
I was also glad for a small change to the dystopian story expectation that the heroine needs to be stuck in a love triangle that she can't find a way out of. Yes on the surface Kitty is in love with Benjy and Lila is engaged to Knox, but after a few twists you find out that isn't an issue... Sorry I can't finish that thought without giving away too much... come back next week for the review on Captive (the sequel).
Also, this book was very violent. There are more murders and cold-hearted attacks on innocent people that I personally want to read about. Yes the story needed such violence to explain the characters, especially Daxton and Knox... but still it was more than I wanted to read.
Reasons to Read
Besides there are too many books out there that gloss over the side characters, never really evolving them and explaining them. Pawn cannot be lumped in with those.